Wives And LoversWords & Music by Hal David & Burt Bacharach
Recorded by Jack Jones, 1963 (#14)
Em7 A7 G/B A7 Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup -- Em7 A7 G/B A7 Soon he will open the door. F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 Don't think because you've a ring on your finger F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 You needn't try anymore, Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 E7 For wives should always be lovers, too; C#m7-5 F#7 C#m7-5 F#7 Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you, Bm7-5 FM7 E7 E7 alt G/B A7 I'm warn - ing you... Em7 A7 G/B A7 Day after day, there are girls at the office, Em7 A7 G/B A7 And men will always be men; F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 Don't send him off with your hair still in curlers -- F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 You may not see him again. Bm7-5 E7 Bm7-5 E7 For wives should always be lovers, too, C#m7-5 F#7 C#m7-5 F#7 Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you; Bm7-5 FM7 E7 E7 alt G/B A7 He's al - most here. Em7 A7 G/B A7 Hey, little girl, better wear something pretty, Em7 A7 G/B A7 Something you'd wear to go to the city, F#m7 B7 F#m7 B7 And dim all the lights, pour the wine, start the music, Em7 A7 D D6 Time to get ready for love, Em7 A7 F#m7 B7 Time to get ready, time to get ready, Em7 A7 D D alt - D6 Time to get ready for love.
Yeah, yeah, I know...the lyrics of this song were sexist even by 60s standards (remember the Sean Connery James Bond movies if your memory needs refreshing) and by today's standards, singing it in public might jeopardize your health and well-being. But musically, I always thought it was kinda cool. Besides, you have to cut Jones some slack here -- it's about the only song of his I can think of that got above #63 on the charts.